By Tucker Verdi
Serena is returning home.
She’s won 7 titles down under in Melbourne, 7 Venus Rosewater Dishes on Centre Court, and 6 times under the lights at Arthur Ashe.
But nowhere has she won more than at Crandon Park, where she has claimed 8 championships in a tournament held only 90 minutes from where she grew up in Palm Beach Gardens.
After missing the 2017 tournament due to her pregnancy, the 36-year-old new mother is looking to ascend back to the top of the sport she has dominated. And there is no better place to cement her legacy with yet another comeback than the event she has dominated.
She no doubt feels more comfortable on Stadium Court than anywhere else, and that’s exactly where she’ll be when she takes on 20-year-old Naomi Osaka, the recent champion at Indian Wells, on Wednesday.
This is the final tournament in Key Biscayne before moving to Hard Rock Stadium in 2019. Her storied history here will carry forward to the new stadium. Williams actually took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new state-of-the-art facilities, saying, “I’m so happy this tournament is still going to be in Miami.”
Williams admits she calls the Miami Open home, having attended it often growing up.
Well, Serena, welcome home. We’re glad to have you back.
Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka will be the 4th match on Stadium Court during the Wednesday, March 21 day session, not beginning before 3:00pm. Tickets are available at miamiopen.com/dailytickets.